# Magic constant

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The magic constant or magic sum of a magic square is the sum of numbers in any row, column, or diagonal of the magic square. For example, the magic square shown below has a magic constant of 15. In general $M=n\cdot {\frac {n^{2}+1}{2}}$ where $n$ is the side length of the square.

## Contents For normal magic squares of orders n = 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, the magic constants are, respectively: 15, 34, 65, 111, 175, and 260 (sequence A006003 in the OEIS). For example, a normal 8x8 square will always equate to 260 for each row, column, or diagonal.

The term magic constant or magic sum is similarly applied to other "magic" figures such as magic stars and magic cubes. Number shapes on a triangular grid divided into equal polyiamond areas containing equal sums give polyiamond magic constant. 

## Magic stars

The magic constant of an n-pointed normal magic star is $M=4n+2$ .

## Magic series

In 2013 Dirk Kinnaes found the magic series polytope. The number of unique sequences that form the magic constant is now known up to $n=1000$ . 

## Physics

In the mass model, the value in each cell specifies the mass for that cell.  This model has two notable properties. First it demonstrates the balanced nature of all magic squares. If such a model is suspended from the central cell the structure balances. ( consider the magic sums of the rows/columns .. equal mass at an equal distance balance). The second property that can be calculated is the moment of inertia. Summing the individual moments of inertia ( distance squared from the center x the cell value) gives the moment of inertia for the magic square. "This is the only property of magic squares, aside from the line sums, which is solely dependent on the order of the square." 

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In mathematics, a perfect magic cube is a magic cube in which not only the columns, rows, pillars, and main space diagonals, but also the cross section diagonals sum up to the cube's magic constant.

In mathematics, a P-multimagic square is a magic square that remains magic even if all its numbers are replaced by their kth power for 1 ≤ kP. Thus, a magic square is bimagic if it is 2-multimagic, and trimagic if it is 3-multimagic; tetramagic for 4-multimagic; and pentamagic for a 5-multimagic square.

A pandiagonal magic square or panmagic square is a magic square with the additional property that the broken diagonals, i.e. the diagonals that wrap round at the edges of the square, also add up to the magic constant. A most-perfect magic square of doubly even order n = 4k is a pan-diagonal magic square containing the numbers 1 to n2 with three additional properties:

1. Each 2×2 subsquare, including wrap-round, sums to s/k, where s = n(n2 + 1)/2 is the magic sum.
2. All pairs of integers distant n/2 along any diagonal are complementary.

Sylvester's law of inertia is a theorem in matrix algebra about certain properties of the coefficient matrix of a real quadratic form that remain invariant under a change of basis. Namely, if A is the symmetric matrix that defines the quadratic form, and S is any invertible matrix such that D = SAST is diagonal, then the number of negative elements in the diagonal of D is always the same, for all such S; and the same goes for the number of positive elements.

A magic series is a set of distinct positive numbers which add up to the magic constant of a magic square and a magic cube, thus potentially making up lines in magic tesseracts.

A magic graph is a graph whose edges are labelled by positive integers, so that the sum over the edges incident with any vertex is the same, independent of the choice of vertex; or it is a graph that has such a labelling. If the integers are the first q positive integers, where q is the number of edges, the graph and the labelling are called supermagic.

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1. Walter Trump http://www.trump.de/magic-squares/
2. Heinz http://www.magic-squares.net/ms-models.htm#A 3 dimensional magic square/